The Review: Stop and Smell the Rose(hip)s
Well guys, summer is officially in full swing! I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my shopping addiction in check with some success, but lately I’ve been itching to try something new to change things up. I had been starting to feel like my face & skin care routine could use a bit of a boost lately but was stumped on what to try (and what was within my allowed budget). I already have an endless number of eye-shadow pallets and lipsticks/glosses/stains from past impulse purchases that are rarely used. My head was recently turned by a pricey highlighter from a trendy cult makeup-brand website [which shan’t be named]. I was seconds away from hitting ‘Purchase’ before coming to my senses and remembering there would be rent to pay the next week and a probably flashier new trend too. Also, the more I thought about it & the more the temperature has been climbing, the less makeup I want to apply; it’s just going to sweat off anyways right?! But what is a girl with a shopping/beauty product addiction with bills to pay to do??
Well luckily I got the chance to try out something that ticked all my boxes; a cool and trendy new skincare product that would work with my summer skincare routine (or lack thereof) aaaand wouldn’t break the bank! Derma-E is a Natural Skincare brand which I’ve been familiar with for a few years now but have recently launched an Essentials line of products to function as your at-home aestheticism alternatives. These new Essentials product are beauty inspired and ‘forward trending products’ that are formulated to be compatible with all of the other Derma-E skincare collections so that you can easily incorporate them into your beauty regimen. The product I was most interested in trying was their Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil; a) because the name itself sounds intriguingly delicious (I didn’t actually drink it though, don’t worry) and b) face oils and serums are very trendy right now!
I have tried Vitamin C Serums before with good results so I was interested to see how this would work! This face oil contains pure plant botanicals, essential oils, antioxidants, & fatty acids to help promote healthy-looking and luminous skin. It’s a fairly no-fuss product, you just apply 2-3 drops onto your hands and massage into your face after cleansing in the morning and evening. If you are prone to oily skin I’d recommend either skipping the morning application or giving yourself a full 20 minutes or so before applying makeup to allow the oils to fully absorb. I’m more prone to combination or dry skin, so I just applied a little less in the mornings and found this oil absorbed really easily and quickly which meant no delays in getting ready in the morning (aside from the mornings I hit snooze a few extra times, whoops).
I did find right away that this oil was fantastic for moisturizing, and by week 2 I also started to notice my skin tone was a lot more even. A couple friends commented last week that my skin was looking very glowy, which I thought must be false since I hadn’t been wearing foundation but they promised me it was the truth and they weren’t just trying to butter me up to be the designated driver on our beach day! You’re probably also wondering since the name of the product sounds so yummy, what does it smell like?? I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t have an overpowering floral or sickly sweet smell- it’s a little fruity and almost a little herb-y which is much more subtle than I expected but still really nice.
Since I’ve had very good results with my skin I was curious to research more into how and why Rosehip oil works so well and was pretty impressed with the results I had found. Rosehip oil isn’t harvested from the flower (like I had thought) but is harvested from rosehips which is the fruit left behind after a rose has flowered and dropped its petals. Rosehips were a remedy used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans all because of their amazing healing properties. Interesting history factoid; rosehip oil was actually made into a syrup and rationed in Britain during wartime to ensure children’s resistance to infection. The oil from rosehips is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are very effective in correcting dark spots and hydrating dry skin. It is one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C, which is probably why it was such a good replacement for my regular Vit C Serum! It turns out it’s also amazing for reducing scars and fine lines due to the high level of antioxidants in the oil and its ability to penetrate into deeper layers of skin. Rosehip oil is very rich in Vitamins C and also Vitamin A which helps stimulate collagen production and improves the skin’s moisture levels which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. On top of all that, essential fatty acids in the oil help improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation. According to several sources on natural skincare, rosehip seed oil is running a close race with coconut oil when it comes to its benefits for the skin and we’ll probably see a big rise in popularity of its use in beauty & skin care!
Top Tips for Rosehip Oil Products
- Rosehip Oil is not to be confused with Rose essential oil, which is derived from the petals of the flower and beneficial for use as a fragrance or moisturizer. It doesn't have nearly as many vitamins or nutrients as Rosehip.
- Rosehip Oil is very delicate and can easily go rancid, so Vitamin E Oil is often added to improve its shelf life. Keeping it in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark place can help keep your oil in optimal condition. A face oil product with a dropper or airless pump applicator is best as it prevents bacteria from compromising the quality of the oil during use.
- Applying Rosehip Oil 1-2 times a day can have great benefits for your skin, but keep in mind that it does not prevent against sunburn. Be sure to use an SPF to help protect from sun damage when your skin is exposed to the sun. Apply oil after cleansing and applying a daytime sunscreen and before makeup application.
- While Rosehip can help to reduce acne scars, it should not be applied directly to active acne. If you have acne-prone skin, make sure to test a small area of skin first to ensure that any face oil product won't clog your pores or cause unwanted flare-ups.
- Rosehip Oil can be used on the face and neck since it absorbs quickly without leaving behind an oily residue. Just remember you only need 2-3 drops!
And so since I've been sporting a more natural glow with a lot less makeup this month, I've not only saved myself from a few more impulse purchase, but I've simplified my summer beauty routine. I've got to say, all this extra time and money has really allowed me to stop and smell the rose(hip)s...pun intended.